While I’m putting the finishing touches to my Ark, a few roses to delight and some thoughts on fragrance …

Après nous, le deluge - part political statement, given the referendum today (and a potentially very glum statement too) and a reference to the storms, heavenly waterfalls and flashing light-shows last night. To calm my shattered nerves, a gallery of roses, photographs taken yesterday at Petersham Nurseries, in a rare few hours of 'dry' (look…

Wollerton Old Hall – an English climbing rose with a superb Aniseed fragrance

Wollerton Old Hall is a recent introduction from David Austin Roses, originally added to the shrub collection but quickly upgraded to the rather exclusive club of Fragrant English Climbers (there are just a couple of dozen) - fragrant (it's in the name), repeat flowering climbing roses, moderately vigorous and, being a recent addition to the…

Scepter’d Isle

A rose introduced by David Austin in 1996, with sprays of cupped flowers showing off the stamens within. The strong fragrance is sweet and pervasive, a good example of the English myrrh note, first introduced with Constance Spry - referring to Myrrhis odorata and therefore an aniseed complex, a hint of Pernod perhaps? "A neat…